VanWest82 wrote:Doctor MJ wrote:VanWest82 wrote:
Not only did I not say that, I basically said the opposite. The whole point of the comparison was to show another example of a guy who played a high risk style that led to some mistakes but was ultimately so successful in doing so as to be known as one of the greatest ever, just like MJ.
But you're still in the same conversation where you earlier complained about Taylor bringing up anything negative about Jordan's defense. Taylor talking about how Jordan played and the pros and cons of it was not the same as him saying Jordan was not successful.
No. Again, my issue wasn't that Taylor criticized MJ - he criticized his shot selection too and you don't hear me saying anything about that. My problem was that he did it so disproportionately wrt defense as to leave the viewer with an inaccurate representation of what was actually happening. He was overly critical, but worse - I thought he missed the boat in a fundamental way on what was really happening most of the time. Some of the misses like the ones he showed look really bad but most of his misses weren't actually that detrimental because he was still able to recover or it resulted in lesser shooters getting the open look, etc. The hits OTOH which vastly outnumbered the misses resulted in turnovers and fast break opportunities and guys beating themselves because they were freaked out about him - like the old adage about good shot blockers where sometimes their deterrent factor is just as important as the actual blocked shot. It's like he tried to apply traditional defensive theory to the analysis but forgot to account for the fact that it's MJ. It doesn't matter if you thought that surprise double or ball swipe or rotation from the weakside wasn't warranted or was too big of a risk if the end result was that the play got blown up. Taylor left us with the impression that these higher risk plays were something of a 50/50 proposition for him or maybe a little better with similar risk/reward and I just think don't agree with that at all. Not in MJ's case anyway.
Did you go through and time what fraction of the time he spent criticizing Jordan compared to praising him?
I understand that this is how the video hit you, and you're not alone on this or on other videos. The negatives are hitting people way harder than the positives, because that's how people are, but if you time it out, there's a lot more positive than negative.